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Oct
4

Cool Tools T-ShirtIntroducing the stylish new Cool Tools T-Shirt perfect for any occasion like working in the studio, going to a class, or just lounging around! Get one FREE with your order today.

These 100% cotton unisex t-shirts are pre-shrunk and feature a soft and comfortable fit. Available in purple with sizes ranging from Small to XXLarge, you’ll find the perfect shirt for yourself, or get one for a friend.

In the coupon code box during checkout, pick your size by using codes: “SMALL”, “MEDIUM”, “LARGE”, “XLARGE”, or “XXLARGE“.

Order now before it is too late! Offer ends Sunday!

All orders qualify for a free T-Shirt. Limit 1 per customer. Order must be placed within promotional dates. Offer not valid with any other promotion and is not retroactive. Offer ends 10/6/13 at 11:59 pm CST.

Sep
30

VintajVintaj has arrived! Add exciting color to your creations with new Vintaj Patina and Glaze.

Vintaj Patinas are permanent and opaque inks specifically designed for metals. Available in 25 Colors and 9 assorted color packs, Vintaj allows you to mix and match your favorites to define your designs.

Vintaj adheres to all metal and creates beautiful, durable patina effects. Create your own color schemes by using different patinas.

Shop the huge selection of Vintaj Patina and Glaze today to make your jewelry creations stand out from all the rest.

Watch our new Vintaj tool demo and learn how to add beautiful and permanent color to metal!

Sep
19

Congratulations to Dorien Green, the winner of the Cool Tools Random Review Contest. Dorien has won a $100 gift certificate for reviewing a honeycomb soldering board. Dorien gave our soldering board a top 5-Star rating and said, “Great product. The size of the soldering pad is perfect for small job”.

Dorien was excited about being the August winner:

Green-Dorien-Facinator“I thought I would send you a photo of a piece I have just entered into a juried event at the Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA. The show itself will run December 2013-February 2014. The piece  is called ‘Facinator’  after a Facinator Orchid, which was my model. It is forged and fabricated in Copper, Silver and a Baroque Pearl. The Monterey Metal Arts Guild is sponsoring this show and I am a board member of the Guild. I have found belonging to a Metal Arts Guild has opened up many new opporturnites for me to grow as a Metal Artist. I have been working as a Metal Artist for the past 7 years, taking classes from many wonderful Metal Artists in San Diego and now in Santa Cruz, CA. I have my studio in my home, which makes it convenient to work on projects when time allows. Most of my work is one of a kind, inspired by the Ocean and Nature!

I am so thrilled to be chosen as August’s Product Review winner! I am definitely a ‘toolie’ (someone who loves metal arts tools), so your generous Gift Certificate will be very much appreciated. Thank You Cool Tools!!

Dorien Green”

After every purchase, you have the opportunity to review your products. Your reviews help fellow jewelry artists better understand the products we offer. You can review any product by simply going to the product page and clicking “write a review”. Each review gives you an entry into our review contest.  Help us congratulate Dorien!

Sep
13

Wire Twisting Pliers

Wire is an essential element for creating all sorts of jewelry. One way to add interest to your piece is to use twisted or patterned wire in a variety of metals. In this tool demo, learn to use the New Videos!Wire Twisting Pliers to make beautiful twisted wire in one simple and repeatable motion.

Jewelers Miter Cutting Vise

When soldering and creating jewelry, getting seamless joints and perfect edges is a difficult and time consuming task. An artist can spend a ton time filing and cutting, while trying to get a square edge. In this tool demo, learn to use the Jewelers Miter Cutting Vise to make quick work of getting the perfect edge for seamless joints, every time.

Interchangeable Texturing Hammer

Adding texture is the perfect way to add interest and appeal to your piece. One reliable way to add texture to metal is with a hammer. In this tool demo, learn to use the Interchangeable Texture hammer, featuring more options for adding beautiful texture to your creations.

Sep
6

New Kato PolyClayIntroducing the new addition to our polymer clay selection – Kato! Kato Polyclay is a unique line of polymer clay created specifically for artists.

Kato Polyclay was formulated to embody the most desirable working properties possible. Strength, stability, firmness, and a wide spectrum of colors allow users to create pieces of artistic excellence.

Kato bakes in 10 minutes to become a hard, durable material. Stronger than other clays, objects made with Kato Polyclay become permanent works of art that will resist breaking and wear over time. Its versatile and smooth texture allows for detailed results for all types of work including figures, caning, jewelry, home décor, and model making. All colors in the line may be inter-mixed to produce any color or effect imaginable. It is the first polymer clay created by an artist, for artists.

Try the extensive new selection of Kato today to explore the colorful and creative world of polymer clay.

Aug
26

Red Creek Jasper is BackIt’s back! Named for the stream that runs through the area, Red Creek Jasper shines like no other stone.

These beautiful cabochons are great candidates for necklaces, pendants and earrings with colors ranging from bright oranges and yellows to various greens, greys and magnificent reds.

Red Creek Jasper is a member of the Chalcedony family, a form of microcrystalline quartz. Jasper usually refers to an opaque stone derived from the Greek word, “spotted stone”. Red Creek Jasper is a vein jasper recently discovered in Red River, China. It has amazing color washes of blues, greens, yellows, reds and even purples with a series of intersecting lines that form picture-like patterns.

In general, Jasper is known as the “supreme nurturer”. It sustains and supports during times of stress, and brings tranquility and wholeness. Used in healing, Jasper unifies all aspects of your life.

Each image is the individual stone you’ll receive; pick out the perfect one for you. These gemstones will not last! Get them now while you still can.

Aug
23

What's New at Cool Tools?A huge new array of tools has just arrived to make your jewelry life easier, more productive, and more creative! Shop the new collection today!

This new selection of innovative productivity tools features popular Powdered Clays, cool Metal Design Stamps, unique Copper Blanks, Books, DVDs and way, way more!

All of our Design Stamps are made from heat-treated tool grade steel. Our Wire Twisting Pliers allow you to safely twists wire up to 18 gauge. Simple one-pull action and automatic return twists wire quickly into a strand that won’t unravel. Check out the extensive selection of Powder Clays including Goldie Bronze and Hadar’s Clay!

These tools and products are perfect to help you get the job done quickly, easily and accurately.

And remember, orders over $150 ship for FREE!

Aug
20

We sent some Patterned Wire we had sitting around the studio to our friend Terri McCarthy at Terri McCarthy Studios in Grafton, WI. Jan Harrell, an excellent enameling artist and metalsmith, was teaching an enameling class. Jan’s work is an exploration of textures and shapes, enamel and metal finishes, shiny and dull surfaces, as well as solid and see-through forms. Her and her students were able to incorporate some of the wire into their enameling projects!

The first two pieces were designed by Scott Boyd, a student in Jan’s class. Scott was able to use our 20 gauge “Maze” Copper Patterned Wire in the first piece. This piece works great with the wire, and has just the right amount of detail. His second piece features the “Leaves” Copper Wire. This piece is simple and refined and shows how versatile the Copper Wire can be.

The bottom two pieces were created by Jan. The piece on the left uses a Copper Bezel Wire in a unique way! She even was able to add a little color in the circles of the wire for a little something extra. The last piece uses our “Round Stud” Copper Wire. Not only was she able to incorporate the wire in her piece, but she even added texture using the wire to tie it all together.

These are four great examples of thinking “outside the box” with this unique wire. Enamels and Patterned Wire work perfectly together, and open up a world of exciting design possibilities.

Enameled Piece by Scott Boyd - 2

Enameled Piece by Scott Boyd - 1

Enameled Piece by Jan Harrell -2Enameled Piece by Jan Harrell -1

Aug
19

New Enamels Are Here!Introducing our expanded Enameling section for bringing brilliant colors to your beautiful jewelry creations.

Discover a rainbow of over 100 stunning new colors available in multiple sizes. More colors mean more creative possibilities!

Our enamels are medium temperature, medium expansion for copper, gold, silver, low carbon steel and metal clay.

Normal firing temperatures range from 1400-1500 degrees fahrenheit. Coefficient of expansion range: 258-360 cubic expansion. All of our enamels are lead-free.

Shop our new Enameling Supplies today and start adding vivid color to your creations.

Aug
16

Solder Cutting PliersSolder Cutting Pliers

 

Working with solder opens up thousands of possibilities when creating jewelry or working with metal. Having your solder cut and organized is a great way to speed up the soldering process.

In this tool demo, learn to use the Solder Cutting Pliers to get perfectly cut solder quickly and easily.

 

Hole Punching PliersHole Punching Pliers

 

Adding holes to your creations can be time-consuming by the time you mark, drill, and clean off burs. If you have a piece with a lot of holes, this can get rather repetitive.

In this tool demo, learn to use Hole Punching Pliers to make clean and accurate holes with a simple squeeze of a handle.

 

3M Diamond Hand Files & Laps

3M Diamond Files & Laps

 

Diamond files are very useful, when working with fragile materials or hard metals. Diamond files have small particles of industrial diamonds embedded in their surface, which make them ideal for a variety of materials.

In this tool demo, learn to use our 3M Diamond Hand Files and Laps, for versatile filing and finishing.